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The Tories are the threat to national security, and the Manchester terror attack is why

Since 2010, the Tories have brutally cut the numbers in the Police Force by over 20,000, Armed Forces by over 20,000, the Home Office including Border Agency personnel by 6,000, the Navy by 5,000 and the RAF by 5,000. And it was recently revealed that Trident is operated by Windows XP, the same system used by the NHS that was recently hacked, causing chaos across the country. 

Theresa May was Home Secretary when these cuts were made and she authorised them. She was warned in 2012 about the pace of cuts to the Police Force but she continued with them regardless. Then, in 2015, she was again warned that Britain was at risk of a Paris-style terrorist attack because of cuts to the Police Force, the Armed Forces and the Home Office. The Police Federation also warned Theresa May, as did Jeremy Corbyn. She never listened and accused the Police Force of scaremongering and insisted that cuts would go ahead. 

Theresa May claims to be a ‘strong and stable’ leader but this could not be further from the truth. Tory cuts to the Police Force, Armed Forces and Home Office have put Britain at risk of terrorism – and that risk became a reality on 22 May 2017 when a suicide bomber killed 22 people at the Manchester Arena. The youngest victim was aged just 8. 

It has now emerged that the terrorist, Salman Abedi, was known to the Home Office and the FBI, but he still managed to commit the worst act of terror on British soil. Theresa May has serious questions to answer. 

Theresa May and this Tory Government are responsible for the threat of terrorism in Britain and they have blood on their hands. As Home Secretary, Theresa May repeatedly ignored the warnings about the effects her cuts were having on national security and crime. Now 22 people have paid the price for her incompetence and this Tory Government’s ruthless and damn-right dangerous austerity programme. 

I fully condemn the terrorist attack in Manchester and I also condemn Theresa May and this Tory Government for making it happen. Despite her claim of being a strong and stable leader, Theresa May never gave her press release until four hours after the terror attack. One of the first politicians to speak out was Jeremy Corbyn, followed by Tim Farron shortly afterwards.

The threat of terrorism has been raised to Critical which mean a terrorist attack is imminent. Theresa May has deployed troops on the streets to make up for the shortfall of Police Officers she has cut since 2010, and is using this opportunity to promote her strong and stable image. Do not be fooled.

On Tuesday, I cried tears of heartache, today I cry tears of anger. Tears of anger because this Tory Government is responsible for the threat of terrorism because austerity has put Britain at risk. Hearing the screams of those poor children in the Manchester Arena will haunt many of us forever. Beautiful children who were enjoying themselves have been killed and many more have been scarred for life. My niece is 12 this year and that could have been her inside the Manchester Arena.

We are just a few weeks away from the General Election and I urge you to vote Labour. Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled a fully-costed manifesto and it will include putting Britain’s security first by hiring 10,000 Police Officers, 500 Home Office Border Guards, 3,000 Firefighters, 3,000 Prison Officers, more Armed Forces personnel and a renewal of Trident, £10billion on cyber security and ban the sale of arms sales to Saudi Arabia. 

The Tories will not rule out further cuts to the Police Force, Armed Forces and Home Office, putting Britain more at risk to terrorism and crime. Theresa May is not a strong and stable leader, she is weak and wobbly. 

Theresa May and this Tory Government are a threat to national security and I hold them personally responsible for the terrorist atrocity in Manchester. 

 

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Only Labour will stop the Lower Thames Crossing in Thurrock. But that’s not just why John Kent will get my vote 

John Kent and the Labour Party have fiercely opposed the Thames Crossing since day one. John, along with Labour Councillor’s Barbara and Gerard Rice, have been heavily involved in the campaign against the Lower Thames Crossing. Labour has made it clear that this crossing is not welcome in Thurrock. 

UKIP are falsely claiming that they are the only party opposing the Lower Thames Crossing. This is a barefaced lie. UKIP are so desperate for votes that they are now playing party politics with the Lower Thames Crossing Campaign and people’s lives, the people who are affected by this crossing. 

Tim Aker is a political opportunist and he has failed the people of Aveley. He broke one of his key pledges he made in 2014: to reinstate the 373 bus service for Aveley and Belhus. This same pledge was made by Robert Ray in 2012 when he stood as a UKIP candidate in Aveley.

Tim Aker likes to consider himself the saviour of Aveley but nothing could be further from the truth. He has failed to deal with litter and fly tipping. He has failed to deal with antisocial behaviour. He has failed to deal with HGVs using Romford Road. He has failed to deal with uncut grass verges and parks. He has failed to deal with illegal and inconsiderate parking on pavements. He has failed to deal with potholes and street maintenance. He has failed to deal with noise nuisance from Damyns Hall Aerodrome, and next weekend it will be hosting a three-day music event that will go on until the early hours. And Tim Aker’s MEP record in the EU Parliament is also nothing to he proud of. 

We need an MP who will put Thurrock first.  That MP is John Kent. For far too long Thurrock has been misrepresented by Jackie Doyle-Price who misled voters over the Lower Thames Crossing. But she has also voted for brutal Tory austerity measures that are harming our community. Many people complain that Thurrock has become dirty and run-down – and that is the result of Tory austerity. Her record as our MP is not a good one, and Theresa May’s manifesto is the final nail in the coffin. And despite Jackie’s claims that the Tories are a party of the NHS, it was they who closed the NHS walk-in centre in Grays and have caused the current crisis at Basildon Hospital. 

John Kent is Thurrock born and bred. As a Councillor he has an brilliant record and he auccsssfully led the Labour council for 13 years. People should judge John on his record and achievements for Thurrock including his strong opposition to the Lower Thames Crossing. 

Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled a brilliant manifesto and his social reforms will hand power back to the people. No one will be left behind. Labour’s manifesto has been fully costed and it will be the rich who will pay for public services. There will be no more Tory austerity, no more inequality and no more division. Ordinary people and communities like Thurrock have been made to pay for the global economic downturn of 2008 that was caused by bankers and the elite. Iceland jailed 26 bankers, while the Tories rewarded ours with tax cuts. 

Labour’s manifesto is radical and popular, and will benefit communities like Thurrock. John Kent will serve Thurrock well as an MP, and Jeremy Corbyn will be the greatest Labour Prime Minister since Clement Attlee. Some people might laugh and jeer, others might say they are not going to vote, but the alternative is another 5 years of Theresa May who is already going down as the most ruthless and divisive Prime Minister since Margaret Thatcher. Elderly people who purchased their home through Thatcher’s right-to-buy will have to sell their home to pay for the Tories’ social care crisis if they fall ill. That will not happen under Labour. 

If you love your NHS and public services then you will vote Labour. If you love your community then you will vote for John Kent. And if you love real strong and stable leadership then you will vote for Jeremy Corbyn. 

Only John Kent and Labour will stop the Lower Thames Crossing. UKIP are only seeking to exploit it for political gain. 

Labour is for the many, not the few. And that is why I will be voting Labour on 8 June. 

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How dare UKIP claim to be the only party to oppose the Lower Thames Crossing. It’s a lie. 

Tim Aker claims that UKIP is the only party in Thurrock opposing the Lower Thames Crossing. This is a barefaced lie. 

Labour and John Kent have fiercely opposed the Lower Thames Crossing since day one. Labour Councillors in Thurrock have also taken part in campaigns and protests against the crossing including Gerard and Barbara Rice.

Tim Aker and UKIP are so desperate for votes that they are now playing party politics with the Lower Thames Crossing Campaign. Thurrock needs to unite as a community and fight the Government; unity is strength. UKIP causing division in the Lower Thames Crossing Campaign will weaken Thurrock’s chances of victory. UKIP’s latest tactic is also highly disrespectful to George Abbott who has done a fantastic job at leading the Lower Thames Crossing Camapign. 

The good people of Thurrock rejected Tim Aker and UKIP in 2015 and they will do the same on 8 June. 

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Not voting Labour on 8 June? Then don’t complain about a Tory victory

People have taken to social media in protest against Jeremy Corbyn following Labour’s bad results in Thursday’s local elections. One tweet that caught my eye is by Jane Merrick, a freelance journalist and political blogger: 

My message to Jane Merrick and everyone else planning to boycott Labour on 8 June is this: 

Don’t complain if the Tories win the election. Don’t complain if Theresa May is re-elected with a bigger majority. Don’t complain about the Tories closing your local NHS hospital. Don’t complain about NHS waiting times. Don’t complain about your friends or loved ones spending hours on an NHS trolley in a corridor. Don’t complain about Richard Branson buying up the NHS. Don’t complain about poor mental health services.

Don’t complain about being on a long waiting list for council accommodation. Don’t complain about grammar schools. Don’t complain about austerity. Don’t complain about the closure of your local library. Don’t complain about your council turning off streetlights. Don’t complain about potholes. Don’t complain food banks. 

Don’t complain about rising crime. Don’t complain about police, ambulance and fire response times. Don’t complain about social care cuts. Don’t complain about poor train and bus services. Don’t complain about energy price rises. Don’t complain about tax hikes. Don’t complain about your retirement age being moved. Don’t complain about the abolishment of triple lock pensions. Don’t complain about the erosion of workers’ rights. Don’t complain about the Trade Union Act. 

Don’t complain about pollution. Don’t complain about fracking. Don’t complain about the erosion of the greenbelt. Don’t complain about immigration. Don’t complain about Theresa May’s hard Brexit. Don’t complain about your children or grandchildren leaving school and experiencing difficulty finding a job or entering further education. Don’t complain about tuition fees. Don’t complain about zero hours contracts and poverty pay. Don’t complain about unemployment. 

Don’t complain about the Bedroom Tax. Don’t complain about welfare cuts. Don’t complain about the public sector pay cap. Don’t complain about the Tories’ rape clause. Don’t complain about division in society. Don’t complain about inequality. Don’t complain about child poverty. Don’t complain about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. Don’t complain about people like Philip Green. Don’t complain about the lack of freedom of press. 

In fact, don’t complain at all because you have absolutely no right to. You made the decision to sit on your arse and help hand Theresa May the keys to Number 10 and you will have to live with the consequences. 

 I will now give you all a slow hand clap. 

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People vote differently in local elections. So ignore the doom and gloom about Labour 

Labour could have done better in the local elections, but did not experience the total wipeout predicted – and hoped for – by the Tory gutter press. 

People have frantically been messaging me on Twitter saying they now fear Labour’s chances on 8 June. My message has been – and continues to be – this:

People vote differently in local elections. They vote on local issues such as the performance of their local Councillors and the performance of their local authority (council). If a Councillor has a bad record or is of a local party with a bad record then people will vote them out. Likewise, if a council, ether it be led by a political party, coalition or no overall control, people will vote for change.

Local elections should be fought on local issues; a local election campaign should not be based on national issues – these should be part of a General Election campaign. But it is inevitable that when campaigning in local elections people will mention national issues, but the local campaign should be based on issues such as the effects Tory cuts are having on local services, schools and hospitals. Other local issues include housing and street maintenance. 

Local candidates should explain how they will make a difference if elected; but they cannot tackle national issues such as immigration and the economy. 

People vote differently in parliamentary elections and just because the Tories had a successfullocal election campaign, it does not mean they will win the General Election by landslide. Polling expert Professor John Curtice wrote an article about this yesterday. Theresa May has also told the Tories that the results of the local election should not be taken for granted.

Theresa May is right. The local election results should not be taken for granted. 

If your community has been hit by Tory cuts or if you want an NHS that is fit for purpose then use your vote wisely on 8 June: vote Labour – and give your Tory MP their marching orders.

Finally, if you are not registered to vote you must do so by 22 May 2017 or you will not be able to vote on 8 June.

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Workers, trade unions and people must unite and vote Labour on 8 June. Here’s why

The snap general election on 8 June is a huge opportunity for workers, trade unions and people across the country to unite and vote the Tories out.

The disabled and their carers. Public Sector workers including teachers, doctors, nurses, paramedics, police officers, firefighters, social workers, members of the Armed Forces, council workers and Civil Servants. Young people aged 18 to 24. Families and households who are ‘just about managing’. And women including lone parents and those fleeing domestic violence who have lack of support because Tory cuts have led to the closure of refuges. 

All of the above – and I am one of them – have been affected by Tory austerity in one way or another. The disabled are being robbed of their dignity, others robbed of their benefits and mobility vehicles while mental health patients are being left to fend for themselves because of Tory cuts to mental health services. Some disabled people have resorted to suicide because they saw it as their only option. 

Public Sector workers including the Emergency Services and Civil Servants are working under immense pressure because of Tory cuts to staffing and resources. Offices are being closed, work is being centralised (and endlessly being relocated from one site to another) while staffing levels continue to fall. NHS waiting times are up while hospitals and A&E units are being closed. Crime is up and so are police response times, while police numbers continue to be cut and stations are closed. And teachers are struggling to cope in oversized classes. 

Tory cuts to public services are having a detrimental effect on the people who rely on them. Public Sector workers are leaving their posts after years of dedication, care and loyalty – and I am on the verge of doing the same after 16 years. Public Sector workers are going off sick with stress, depression and anxiety – mental health conditions caused by work-related stress – who are often bullied back to work because they are threatened with dismissal. And to add insult to injury, Public Sector workers have been awarded a paltry 1% pay rise. 

Young people and women have been hit the hardest by Tory austerity. Young people who have fallen on hard times are now being denied Council Tax and Housing Benefit which will cause debt, stress and homelessness. Young people are leaving school with no aspiration because careers offices have been closed and financial support for college students from poorer backgrounds has been axed. Tuition fees have also been hiked. 

Young people from poorer backgrounds have been priced out of further education and forced into low-paid jobs and zero hours contracts. Some young people are even turning to a life of crime because they have been thrown on the scrapheap. 

Working mothers are struggling to feed and clothe their children, while those fleeing domestic violence have lack of support because Tory cuts have led to the closure of refuges. Refuges are a lifeline for anyone fleeing an abusive relationship. Child poverty has also reached record levels and is about to get worse because of Tory cuts to Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit. 

Theresa May says Britain is uniting post-Brexit but her claim could not be further from the truth. The gap between the rich and poor has reached record levels while the North-South divide continues to widen. Hate crimes against ethnic minorities, immigrants, Muslims, Jews, the LGBT community and the disabled are on the rise and much of that has been caused by divisive political rhetoric pre and post-Brexit. 

Britain has never been so divided, some might even argue that it’s worse now than it was under Margaret Thatcher. But it really doesn’t have to be like this. 

On 8 June, workers, trade unions and people must unite and vote Labour. Jeremy Corbyn is the first politician in decades to truly represent working class people and he has moved Labour back to the Left where the party belongs. Labour was built on left-wing principles and social reform which benefits everyone and not just a few. 

Labour has recently announced a wave of new policies that will transform Britain: 

• Free school meals for primary school children aged between 4 and 11

• Minimum Wage will be £10 an hour by 2020

• Rail and bus companies will be renationalised when the current private franchises reach their end of contract

• £500 a year extra for carers claiming Carer’s Allowance

• NHS services will be renationalised saving £5bn in profits to private companies like Virgin Care

• More investment in mental health services 

• Tackling Britain’s housing crisis by building 200,000 affordable homes a year, including £100,000 council homes 

• Tory Inheritance Tax cut will be abolished

• Tory Corporation Tax cut will be abolished

• Private firms in tax havens will be banned from bidding for Government contracts

• Public Sector pay cap of 1% will be abolished

• Sweetheart deals between multi-corporations and HMRC will be banned

• Tory grammar schools and free schools will be abolished 

• Late payments to SMEs will be banned 

• Tory business rates hike will be abolished

• Gender pay cap will be abolished

• Zero hours contracts will be banned for employees who have regular hours 

• Multi-corporations like Tesco and Amazon will have to publish their tax returns

• People earning £70,000 or more a year will pay a higher rate of tax 

• More apprenticeships for school leavers 

• Paying off Britain’s debt and deficit in a fair way where everyone pays their fair share as opposed to the disabled and working households

• £500bn investment in local communities across the country including housebuilding and local infrastructure 

• Fracking will be abolished 

• A Brexit that benefits everyone and not just a few 

• A breakup of media monopolies like the Rupert Murdoch empire 

• Banking reform 

• Tackling child poverty 

• Welfare cuts will be abolished and more support given to the disabled and working families 

Labour will be announcing more policies over the coming weeks. Jeremy Corbyn’s social reforms will transform Britain and hand power back to the people – and that’s why he is under constant attack by the Tories and Establishment. The days of the rich living a life of luxury at the expense of ordinary people will be over, and that’s why Jeremy Corbyn poses a huge threat to the Establishment. 

Jeremy Corbyn genuinely cares about the difficulties that are affecting ordinary people across Britain. Tory austerity is causing hardship, homelessness, inequality and deaths and it will get worse if Theresa May is re-elected. 

People have a choice on 8 June: Social reform under Jeremy Corbyn or an extreme right-wing Tory Government under Theresa May that will continue to cause division and only look after the rich. 

I will be voting Labour on 8 June because I want a fairer society and a Britain I can believe in. As a disabled man, Theresa May and the Tories couldn’t care less about me, but at least I have Jeremy Corbyn fighting my corner. And he’s fighting for the millions of other people across Britain who are finding life difficult under the Tories.

Vote Labour on 8 June. Let’s make this election a revolution and put an end to Tory rule once and for all. 

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Britain’s young people must vote Labour on 8 June. Here’s why

Since the Tories came into power in 2010, young people from poorer backgrounds across the country have been hit very hard by austerity. And things are about to get a lot worse. 

The Tories have created a lost generation. Young people from poorer backgrounds cannot afford to attend college or university because the financial support that was put in place by Labour has been axed by the Tories. As a result, young people are leaving school with no aspiration and are being forced into low-paid low-skilled jobs and zero hours contracts. 

Tory cuts continue to bite. Careers offices have been closed. EMA for poorer students has been axed. Tuition fees have been hiked and are due to increase again. Apprenticeships are sparse. And those aged 18 to 24 who have fallen into hard times have had their benefits cut and are no longer entitled to Council Tax and Housing Benefit. This will cause severe hardship and homelessness, stress, debt and mental health. 

Some young people will turn to crime, drink and drugs. Others will get into serious debt by relying on payday loans to make ends meet. And others will see suicide as their only way out because they have nowhere else to turn to because the safeguards and support they once had has been taken away by the Tories. 

Theresa May’s grammar schools programme will cause division and will only benefit affluent pupils, while poorer pupils and those who have not done as well at school will be thrown on the scrapheap. It’s also privatisation of Britain’s education and grammar schools which is widely opposed by teachers and they are considering industrial action on a scale not been seen since the 1980s. But there is hope for Britain’s young people: Jeremy Corbyn and Labour. 

Labour opposes grammar schools. Labour opposes the abolishment of EMA and closure of careers offices. Labour opposes tuition fees and cuts to Council Tax and Housing Benefit for people aged 18 to 21. Labour will ensure more apprenticeships are available and will stop employers using zero hour contracts for regular workers. Labour will invest in building more affordable homes. And Labour will increase the Minimum Wage to £10 an hour by 2020. More Labour policies can be found here.

But Labour cannot achieve these things unless in government. Labour acknowledges the hardship that young people are suffering under the Tories and Jeremy Corbyn has condemned the way the Tories are treating them. Only Labour is fighting the Tories on austerity, hardship and inequality which is affecting millions of people across the country. 

The Tories always show contempt towards the poor and vulnerable by laughing and jeering at Jeremy Corbyn and Labour whenever they raise issues in Parliament about the effects Tory austerity is having on people across the country. Tory austerity is causing hardship, homelessness, hardship, inequality and deaths, but the Tories answer is to laugh. 

Young people must vote Labour on 8 June to send a clear message to Theresa May. Defeatism and not bothering to vote is not an option. Young people are the future of Britain and they deserve a better start in life and the only way this can be achieved is by voting Labour. The alternative is another 5 years of the most right-wing Tory Government since Margaret Thatcher – and another 5 years of austerity, hardship and inequality which will continue hitting young people, ordinary working households and women the hardest. 

If you are not registered to vote you must do so by 22 May. Click here to register. 

Use your vote wisely. Vote Labour on 8 June. 

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Has Theresa May called a snap election to bury the police investigation into Tory election fraud? 

Hours after Theresa May announced that she was calling for a snap general election, Channel 4 News reporter Michael Crick tweeted that the CPS is considering charging more than 30 individuals for Tory expenses fraud relating to the 2015 general election: 

Is Theresa May’s real motive for a snap election to bury the police investigation into Tory election fraud? It’s too much of a coincidence, and based on the Tories’ track record they are experts at burying bad news in Parliament. 

Theresa May’s stone cold speech outside Number 10 was full of soundbites and excuses. She used Brexit as her reason to call a snap election but then accused Labour, the Lib Dems, SNP and unelected members of the House of Lords of sabotaging Brexit and undermining her authority. 

It’s too much of a coincidence that Theresa May has called a snap election just as the CPS considers whether to prosecute the Tories. It would appear that the Tory election fraud investigation is far more serious than we thought and it could blow the Tories to pieces. If Tory MPs are prosecuted then they will have to resign and Theresa May will lose her small majority because the public won’t trust the Tories again. Nobody in their right mind would vote for a party that has just been prosecuted for breaking electoral law.

There is much more to the Tory electoral fraud investigation that meets the eye – and Theresa May could be using Brexit and opposition parties as scapegoats to cover her own backside. 

Watch this space.

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Theresa May has called a snap general election to increase her mandate. And she’s using Brexit as a scapegoat

Theresa May has called for a snap general election on 8 June and is using Brexit and opposition parties as a smokescreen. Her sole purpose for a snap election is to increase her mandate so she can crush opposition parties and plough ahead with her tough Tory policies that will drag Britain to the far-right. 

Since 2010, ordinary people across Britain have been hit with Tory austerity. The gap between rich and poor is at its widest ever. So is inequality including the North-South divide. And Tory austerity is causing hardship, homelessness, inequality and deaths, while public services like the NHS and the Emergency Services struggle to cope because of Tory cuts. 

Child poverty has reached record levels, yet the Tories have cut Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit which will only exacerbate it. Women have been hit the hardest with austerity and can now only receive financial support for a third or subsequent child if the child was conceived by rape – and they have to relive the horror and humiliation by completeing a 12-page form just to receive extra Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit. This is known as the Tories’ ‘rape clause’. 

Disabled people are being forced off disability benefits while many others have had their benefits cut and mobility vehicles revoked. Carers have also been affected. The Tories’ treatment of carers, the sick, the disabled and mental health sufferes is appalling which has led to intervention from the United Nations. The Tories are abusing the human rights and dignity of the disabled and mentally ill, while support services have been cut and which is leading to suicides. 

The Tories have failed to clear the deficit and have increased borrowing which has exceeded £1.5trillion – that’s more money borrowed than every Labour Chancellor combined. And only last month they delivered a Budget which was partly defeated by a humiliating u-turn on tax rises for self-employed workers – despite the Tories pledging in 2015 that they would not increase taxes. 

The NHS is being dismantled. Waiting times are up. Cancellations are up. Bed shortages are up. A&Es and major hospitals are being closed. And NHS staff are leaving the profession because they cannot cope with the pressure and patient demand. Social care has also been cut resulting in district nurses spending less time with elderly and vulnerable patients. Then we have GP surgeries that are making patients wait weeks for appointments. 

Crime is up, particularly knife and sex offences. Antisocial behaviour is also a big problem across Britain because police numbers have been cut which is affecting response times and the number of incidents local forces can attend. 

The Tories have cut school funding yet have blown £138.5million on 62 free schools that have either closed or did not open to begin with. Meanwhile, funding has been cut for state schools while Theresa May pumps money into her grammar schools programme which will cause division between affluent pupils and those from poorer backgrounds. 

The Tories have created a lost generation. Young people from poorer backgrounds are leaving school with no aspiration. Careers offices have been closed. Financial support for college students from poorer backgrounds has been axed. Tuition fees have been increased and are about to be hiked again. Young people from poorer backgrounds are being forced into low paid and zero hours contracts. Britain’s young people deserve a better start in life. 

Immigration is still a problem. Despite Britain voting Brexit because we want to take back control of our borders and immigration numbers, Theresa May now says that the EU’s freedom of movement will continue afrter Brexit. 

Since becoming Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn has forced the Tories into 30 u-turns, yet in her snap election speech Theresa May complained about Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP. She also complained about unelected members of the House of Lords. The reason? Because the opposition parties have more clout than Theresa May desires and her main objective is to crush the opposition parties so she can plough ahead with her divisive and toxic policies that will only benefit the rich while the rest of us bear the brunt. 

It was announced at the weekend that Tesco will receive a tax cut of £105m while smaller companies are being hit with tax rises, yet Theresa May claims that the Tories are a party of fairness and are in the national interest. If that were true then why have the Tories imposed austerity on Britain’s poorest and most vulnerable in society? Why do they continue to hack away at Britain’s vital public services? Why do they feel it is acceptable to cut public sector staffing, close offices, increase workloads and impose a paltry 1% pay rise? And if angry public sector workers speak out they are threatened and punished. 

Britain deserves better. Children did not cause the global economic crash in 2008. Neither did the NHS. Neither did the police. Neither did teachers. Neither did the disabled and their carers. And neither did ethnic minorities or immigration. But we have all been held accountable on the part of Tory austerity. 

In Thurrock, our incumbent Tory MP Jackie Doyle-Price was re-elected in 2015 with a mandate that included protection of our greenbelt, local houses for local people but most importantly, she would fight to stop the Lower Thames Crossing coming through Thurrock. She has broken those three promises and betrayed the people of Thurrock and they will never forgive her. She will not be re-elected. 

Labour must fight against the Lower Thames Crossing. For far too long Thurrock has been the dumping ground of Essex and London. Enough is enough. Labour now has the opportunity to win Thurrock back and truly represent the community. And I believe it will. 

There is an alternative to Theresa May’s ideology of a far-right and unequal Britain: Jeremy Corbyn and Labour. 

Jeremy Corbyn has recently announced a wave of new policies that will transform Britain. Free school meals for every primary school pupil. Large companies like Tesco and Amazon being made to publish their tax returns. An increase in the amount of Carer’s Allowance being paid to Britain’s hardworking carers. And a £10-an-hour Living Wage by 2020. 

Jeremy Corbyn is under constant attack because he is a threat to the Establishment, his social reforms will give the people of Britain more power including the renationalisation of the railways and bus companies. Labour will reach out to every community and deliver a Brexit and policies that will benefit everyone and not just a few. Labour will end inequality and the social injustice and hardship that is affecting millions of people across the country. Labour is also committed to investing in our public services including schools, the Emergency Services and the NHS plus more mental health services to ensure mental health sufferers are given the support they need. Labour will also invest in housebuilding in communities where homelessness, overcrowding and waiting lists have got out of control.  

People have a choice on 8 June: Social reform under Jeremy Corbyn or social division under Theresa May. Here is your chance to vote for a politician who will bring down the Establishment and hand power back to the people; a politician who will put the Great back into Britain and a politician who has the same ideologies as the late Clement Attlee. 

That politician is Jeremy Corbyn. 

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Tory Party activist says women cry rape to claim ‘extra benefits’ 

The Tories’ new changes to Child Tax Credit (CTC) recently came into effect. As of 3 April 2017,  CTC will only be payable for two children; however if a third or subsequent child was born as the result of rape the child’s mother must complete a 12-page form proving she was raped. This is known as the ‘rape clause’ which has been widely condemned by rape charities, Labour, the SNP and other groups. Details of the CTC rape clause can be found here.

Being a victim of rape is bad enough. It’s degrading and horrifying, yet the Tories are now going that extra to humiliate victims of rape. The changes to CTC eligibiliy will cause child poverty to increase, but the rape clause sums up the realism of Theresa May’s caring ‘shared society’. People often put forward a flawed argument that parents shouldn’t have children if they can’t afford them – but a family can fall on hard times at any time without warning. 

Tory activist Josh Smith, who recently joined the Tory Party after quitting UKIP, tweeted that the CTC rape clause is ‘common sense’ as ‘women will claim rape to get more benefits’. 

Josh’s tweet is absolutely disgraceful, and is a disgusting and depraved attack on victims of rape. But I guess the Tories aren’t called the Nasty Party for nothing. 

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